I love my IPod. I've had other mp3 players (mainly creative labs) and I've learned that IPod is the best for me. I don't buy a lot of CDs from ITunes, just single songs. I like to still have the CD because I don't have a link for my iPod in my car yet.
My husband and I both have iPods. In fact he wears his to work all the time and he will answer his desk phone while having the earpiece still in. I am sure his coworkers want to hear NIN blasting while attempting to ask him a question.